Thanksgiving has come and gone and now Christmas preparations are in full swing. With those preparations comes Christmas movies.
Nothing stays Christmas like being bundled up on a cold night with hot chocolate watching cheesy holiday movies. I’m going to do a little ranking of some of my favorite Christmas movies. There are probably some classics that I’m omitting from my list like “Miracle on 34th Street” just because I haven’t seen it.
On my list of Christmas classics to watch for the first time is “White Christmas.” After watching the Minneota High School students perform the “White Christmas” musical, I definitely want to watch the Bing Crosby classic.
The top spot on my list can be interchanged depending on the day. At the top of my list is “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” It’s a family favorite and my siblings and I quote lines from the movie all year long.
If you haven’t seen it, the synopsis is family patriarch Clark Griswold wants to create the perfect Christmas for his family. Many mishaps and shenanigans occur and Griswold eventually learns to embrace the crazy and enjoy his family. Next on my list is “Elf”.
It’s another family favorite with quotable lines too. It stars “SNL” alum Will Ferrell as “Buddy the Elf” as a human that was adopted by one of Santa’s elves. He finds out his birth dad is on the naughty list and he travels to New York City to meet his family and help his dad.
So many goofy things happen and it’s just a fun, easy watch.
I’ve already watched “Christmas with the Kranks” this season and it’s always one of my favorites. It stars Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis as a couple that will be spending Christmas without their daughter.
They decide to “skip Christmas” and go on a cruise Christmas Day instead. Things go awry and the Kranks learn the true spirit of community and they embrace the Christmas spirit.
There are parts of the Grinch’s personality that I can identify with and I love the live “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” with Jim Carrey. It’s a classic and shares so many life lessons.
The next two are fairly new and are exclusive to Netflix.
They both give extra servings of romantic comedy cheese, but I still like both of them.
The first is “The Knight Before Christmas” and was just released. Basically, a 14th century English knight is transported to present day Ohio where is meets a school teacher.
It’s a cute movie, but it left me questioning the horse at the end.
“The Princess Switch” takes place during Christmas where a baker from Chicago meets a look alike distant relative who is a duchess in Europe and they switch places and problems arise.
Who doesn’t love the Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel? There are so many it’s hard to choose just one.
While you are baking Christmas goodies, putting up your tree or spending time with family, Christmas movies are a holiday staple.